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Philipians 2:1-11

This study is done in the context of the advent

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:1-11 NIV


Icebreaker question: What’s your favourite Christmas memory?


Prayer to invite the Holy Spirit to be present


  • Discuss key points:
    • What is Christ’s mindset?
  • Reflect on the below, do you have:
    • Encouragement from being united with Christ
    • Comfort from his love
    • common sharing in the Spirit
    • tenderness and compassion
  • Marriage context: In what area are we valuing our spouses above ourselves?


  • Share personal prayer requests
  • Pray for humility and compassion for others.
  • Advent: Prayer to invite friends to the Christmas Event